How to boil an egg (And other cooking tips)

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This "How to" is a introduction to a new series of articles on cooking tips

How to boil an egg

Do you find that although you know boiling an egg, is as easy as putting it into water, bringing the water up to boil and then timing it to your preference, sometimes it’s just not quite how you want it? it might be a little over cooked, and sometimes it’s a little under cooked?

The thing is, you might have got this boiled egg thing cracked (Sorry about the pun) but there are always little things that can mess up your system, for example, the age of the egg, the temperature of the egg ( Did you take it straight from the fridge)? Or it could just be the gas or electricity is just not as hot that day (I know the water pressure can rise and fall but gas and electricity, is that possible)?
And if you boil more than one egg, do you find after you have eaten the first egg by the time you get to the second one it’s harder?

The Method

Well for all of you people who have these problems, and also to those who just don’t know how to boil an egg, here is a simple way to get the perfectly boiled egg every time.

I picked this tip up from a TV program, it works and if you have two eggs, when you come to eat the second egg, it’s just a good as the first.

  1. Put an egg or eggs into a pan of cold water (Free range of course and Just enough to cover the egg, no more, no less)
  2. Bring the water up to boil (Make sure it boiling)
  3. When the water boils time it for one minute
  4. Take the pot off the heat but leave the egg in the water and wait six minutes
  5. You now have the perfect boiled egg.

If you want it even more runny reduce the waiting time by half a minute
Thank you Heston
Oh Don't forget the soldiers

How to cook rice

All rice contains starch, this is what makes rice stick together, and long grain rice and basmati in particular have less starch so therefore makes better fluffy rice.
Rinsing rice helps get rid of any starch and contaminates. Rinse until the water is not cloudy, but don’t over rinse

For every cup of rice, add 1 1/2 cups of water (basmati cost a little more but it’s worth it, and it does taste better)
Bring the rice to a boil, I have found a frying pan the best, but you do need one with a lid, but for the moment bring to boil uncovered, at medium heat.
When the rice is boiling, turn the heat down to medium low. Place the lid on the pan, tilting it to allow steam to escape.

The Method

After the rice has been cooking for a few minutes, you will see some pits or holes in the rice
When the pits appear, put the lid on tight. Turn the heat down to low and simmer the covered rice for another 15 minutes.
Holding onto the lid give the pan a good shake now serve your wonderful fluffy hot rice.

If you make double the amount allow the remaining rice to cool, put into empty margarine tubs and freeze. (Can be defrosted and ready to eat in the microwave)

~~~ **** COMING NEXT "HOW TO COOK TOFU" **** ~~~

And finally let have a little moment with a video, we all make mistakes and poor old Donald Duck is no exception.

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Cooking, Cooking Eggs, Cooking Healthy, Cooking Ideas, Cooking Tips, Eggs, Freeze, Freezer, Freezing, Rice, Rice Dishes, Rice Recipe

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author avatar ghazala zafar
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Humm egg boiling...these are very nice tips for the beginners...
I'll also try to write a how to...

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Cute approach to a classic question :-}

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author avatar Jules Castillo
10th Feb 2012 (#)

that rice looks different.... great article!

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author avatar ghazala zafar
10th Feb 2012 (#)

The picture of boiled egg is tempting :,)

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author avatar Denise O
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Well I can cross that off my list, how to boil a egg and delete from my draft. Funny! To be quite honest, that draft has been sitting there for about 8 months now. Yours of course is far superior. Love the tips on cooking rice also. I can not wait for the tofu one. Well done Johnny. As always, thank you for sharing.LOL

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author avatar Denise O
10th Feb 2012 (#)

- the LOL
Huh, what was that ?!?!?!?
I meant...:)

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author avatar johnnydod
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Sorry I jumped the queue Denise lol

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author avatar Denise O
12th Feb 2012 (#)

You crack me up!:)

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you, Johnny. I have always guessed on how long to boil an egg and then acted surprised at the results.
A delightful page, Johnny. I don't think you should cook duck's eggs.

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Hi Johnny... Great tips on boiling eggs and cooking rice. I've never heard of tilting the lid and allowing the rice to cook until you see pits or holes in the rice. I'll have to give it a try next time I make a batch of basmati. Loved the Donald Duck cartoon..... Those old cartoons are the best! Thanks Johnny..

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author avatar Floris56
11th Feb 2012 (#)

My hands do all the cooking in our house. But only my wife's brain is engaged. Together we put together some pretty good meals. We became vegetarians a few months ago so we don't need the eggs, but we eat a lot of rice and beans. I hope this will help us cook rice consistently well.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Of course I know you are using free range eggs!

Good information on something every one should know.

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Yes baby, mellies here for the tofu help.Lol, when I first read this title, I thought really....too cool thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Great page as always Johnny...and that cartoon was an absolute delight..I sat here and giggled my way through it..What a Star you are..\0/x

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Very good...it is the basic of life that is the spice.:0) LOL...I love egg cups, never collected them... but find them beautiful, great pictures and doable is a favorite for sure, the perfect finish;0)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Donald not doable, my spell checker is over zealous

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author avatar Tess Irons
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks for sharing the tips, Johnny. I'll try it. I also look forward to read the cooking tips for Tofu.

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author avatar Buzz
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Hahaha, loved the Donald Duck cartoon...lol Great optimum boiling tips, Johnny! Touche!

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
12th Feb 2012 (#)

I don't like boiled eggs, rather omelet with onion, chilies and a bit of red pepper - could me me mouthwatering .... mmmmm..

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
12th Feb 2012 (#)

They say one verse of What a Friend we Have in Jesus would help cook an egg... Had an eccentric neighbour who sang that hymn every morning at the same time till we asked her why and the answer was the best - it helps cook an egg. ..

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Great tips for easy cooking.
Professionally done.

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